TEMPLE’S BARKSDALE AND SAINT JOSEPH’S MOWER WIN BIG 5 BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

PHILADELPHIA (4/1/08) – Temple junior Sean Barksdale (Glenolden, PA / Cardinal O’Hara) and Saint Joseph’s sophomore Randy Mower (Hatfield, PA / North Penn) have been named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, in voting conducted by the schools’ head coaches and sports information offices.

Barksdale batted .333 and had a team-high eight RBI to lead Temple to a Liberty Bell Classic victory over La Salle and an A-10 series win at Saint Joseph’s last week. Three of his six hits went for extra bases, including two homeruns. He blasted his first career grand slam in a 13-2 win at SJU on Friday.

Mower tossed 11 shutout innings in two starts last week, including a complete-game shutout of Temple in a 3-0 win on Saturday. He allowed only six hits for the week and struck out eight. It was the Hawks’ first complete-game shutout since May 20, 2005. Mower also earned Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.

Formed with the mission of increasing the exposure of college baseball in the area, Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball is comprised of the five Division I universities in Philadelphia that sponsor baseball. The Big 5 will announce a Player and Pitcher of the Week every Tuesday during the season. The third annual All-Big 5 baseball team will be announced at the conclusion of the season.

Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball – 2008Award Winners
Player Pitcher
Feb. 26 Jeremy Jakubowski, SJU Mike Mongiardini, TU
Mar. 5 Mike Boyland, SJU Matt Mongiardini, TU
Mar. 11 Ryan McDonald, SJU Kevin Fuqua, LAS
Mar. 18 Stan Orzechowski, TU Todd Roth, Penn
Mar. 25 John Rickards, LAS Chris Prescott, SJU
Apr. 1 Sean Barksdale, TU Randy Mower, SJU